The Grinch can be blamed for stealing more than Christmas. He also stole our future, but so long ago no one has really missed it. In fact, people still plan as though it is just around the corner. But the future never comes. And actually, the present does not even exist. Only the past can reliably be documented. And it is the past for which we must plan, for it'll be here sooner than one thinks.
We lost our future about 12 billion years ago because of the Big Bang. Light travelling at the speed of 186,281 miles per second raced through previous emptiness, creating a past as it pushed time forward. About 4 billion years ago our earth was formed in the wake of this cosmic past. To keep track of our own temporal affairs as they occurred we created an inaccurate but manageable sense of time based on earth revolutions. Along with cosmic time, this can only measure what has happened. We know what has been, not what will be.